The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected McKinney (Texas) High School right-handed pitcher Zach Lee with their first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White made the announcement.
Lee, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, was a two-sport athlete in high school, starring in both football and baseball. The 18-year-old won 11 games during his senior season with a 2.15 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He throws three different pitches for strikes, including an effective breaking pitch and changeup. As a quarterback, Lee passed for 2,565 years and 31 touchdowns last fall and has committed to play both sports at Louisiana State University.
"We are happy to have selected such a fine competitive young man and athlete such as Zach," said White. "He has a chance to be a quality Major League pitcher."
Lee entered the draft as the 14th-best right-handed pitcher and ranked 29th overall among draft-eligible prospects according to Baseball America.
The Dodgers have selected a pitcher with their first pick in each of the last eight seasons, including four Texans (Kershaw, Withrow, Miller and Lee) in the past five years:
2003 Chad Billingsley (24th overall)
2004 Scott Elbert (17th overall)
2005 Luke Hochevar (40th overall)
2006 Clayton Kershaw (seventh overall)
2007 Chris Withrow (20th overall)
2008 Ethan Martin (15th overall)
2009 Aaron Miller (36th overall)
2010 Zach Lee (28th overall)